Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan is political editor with the Sunday Business Post. A native of Milltown, Co Galway, he attended St Jarlath's College in Tuam and has a degree in journalism from DCU. After working with Mid West Radio and the Irish Emigrant newspaper in Boston, he joined the Examiner in Cork, where he won the Young Journalist of the Year award in 2004. He later spent two years as a reporter with the Press Association in Dublin, and worked for the Irish Independent for seven years as political correspondent and then deputy political editor.

Battle lines drawn ahead of 1916 commemoration

Battle lines drawn ahead of 1916 commemoration

The controversy is coalescing around various issues, including an invitation to the British royal family to take part in the events, writes Michael Brennan.

Suspected child abusers can be told accuser's identity

Suspected child abusers can be told accuser's identity

Suspected child abusers will have the right to learn the identity of the professionals who are now legally obliged to report them.

President's father was IRA train raider

President's father was IRA train raider

The father of President Michael D Higgins took part in an IRA raid on a mail train during the War of Independence, according to official documents.

Gilmore keeping eye on Dun Laoghaire constituency while attending international appointments

Gilmore keeping eye on Dun Laoghaire constituency while attending international appointments

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is keeping a keen eye on his own constituency while flying around the world as foreign affairs minister.

Commission of Inquiry may probe garda/IRA collusion

Commission of Inquiry may probe garda/IRA collusion

The government insists that the Commission of Inquiry into the Garda recording controversy will be able to inquire into potential garda collusion with the IRA in Dundalk station.

€74m saved on child benefit after non-Irish families leave country

€74m saved on child benefit after non-Irish families leave country

Around 8,000 children from other countries had their child benefit payments cut off last year – mostly because they were no longer living in the country

Why Candidates play the Traveller card

Why Candidates play the Traveller card

In spite of a pre-election pledge, candidates for the local elections know they can win votes by opposing Traveller accommodation, writes Michael Brennan.

Widespread feuding blamed for vacant Traveller sites

Widespread feuding blamed for vacant Traveller sites

Traveller feuding has emerged as a key reason behind the fact that more than 350 Traveller accommodation sites are lying idle around the country.

Fine Gael candidate describes Traveller site as a waste of valuable resources'

Fine Gael candidate describes Traveller site as a waste of valuable resources'

It has been described as the most expensive and the most scenic Traveller accommodation in the country.

Child abuse reporting gets long awaited legal backing

Child abuse reporting gets long awaited legal backing

Teachers, gardai­ and nurses will be legally obliged to report any suspicions that a child is being abused to the new child protection agency.

Insolvency experts threatening to hand back their licences

Insolvency experts threatening to hand back their licences

Personal insolvency experts who spent thousands of euro to become authorised to negotiate debt deals are warning that they may hand back their licences, due to a lack of cases.

FG wants taxpayer to pay for Euro 1m HQ refurbishment

FG wants taxpayer to pay for Euro 1m HQ refurbishment

Fine Gael is set to claim back up to Euro 1 million of the cost of refurbishing its headquarters from the taxpayer.

The thin blue line faces cuts to allowances Move is due to €29m Haddington Road target

The thin blue line faces cuts to allowances Move is due to €29m Haddington Road target

Gardai are facing cuts in allowances and overtime due to a Euro 29 million savings target in the Haddington road review.

2017 is the date for public sector pay rises

2017 is the date for public sector pay rises

The country's 291,000 public servants are set to get average pay rises of almost 4 per cent in three years' time.

Driven out of town

Driven out of town

Across the length and breadth of Ireland, 80 town councils are to be abolished from June 1 onwards, writes Michael Brennan.